Feb. 7th, 2012 08:28 am
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Yesterday I finally had the linework on my tattoo done. (And thank you thank you thank you to everyone who contributed to funding it!)

My original design idea was for a simple quill pen and inkwell, symbolising (quelle unsurprise) my writing ... but over the months, it evolved. This was partly due to a developing love affair with Victoriana - the aesthetic, not the morals, mind you! The rest came from a lot of soul-searching and general introspection that's been going on in my head.

So what I ended up with was a collection of objects ... the quill pen and ink well, a key (unlocking things, including creativity and old, old crap I've not been able to death with); a mask (always fascinated with them - the idea you can tell the truth about yourself while everyone thinks you're just putting on a persona); a pocket watch (my awareness of time passing, and the 'male' parts of myself); and flowers (a gift of beauty to myself, and an attempt to reflect myself as beautiful).

Which was a lot of objects. Which is an understatement.

Having determined what needed to go in the design, I needed to find an artist whose work was right for me, and who would be willing to take on the task of making all those objects fit together.

Eventually, I found the gloriously talented and wonderful Teniele Sadd, at Korpus Tattoo in Brunswick. These are some of the images that drew me to her: a strangely creepy Victorian couple; a delicately coloured hummingbird and flower; lovely, full-blown roses ... oh, just go look at her entire gallery, it's stunning.

So I fronted up with my mish-mash collection of images, and threw myself on her mercy. This is what she came up with:

Colouring will be quite delicate; French blue, dusky pink, old gold, lavender ...

I am so, so, so happy with this tattoo. It's far more beautiful than anything I imagined when I was trying to fit together the elements. The whole design just works.

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